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Press Releases

January 23, 2020
This year the awards were presented to the Hind Foundation, Joan Seaver Kurze, Ph.D., and Fred Schaeffer.
January 8, 2020
The collected chapters of the monograph by various anthropologists share information about the long history of human settlement at Goleta Slough, particularly at the Chumash village known as Helo’.
January 3, 2020
The public is invited to a free community conversation on Sunday, January 26 from 3:00–5:00 PM to hear from local experts and discuss the impacts of the Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow.
January 2, 2020
SBMNH, SB Audubon Society, and UCSB Arts & Lectures welcome Dr. Kenneth Rosenberg to speak about his recent landmark study.
December 12, 2019
Thanks to support from CEC, Asteri Solar, Sun Pacific Solar Electric, Inc., and Mission Wealth
November 12, 2019
Annual fundraiser welcomes thousands of treasure-seekers to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.
October 17, 2019
On Saturday, November 9, four local Chumash tribes will co-host a day of traditional Chumash activities and educational opportunities for their communities and the public.
September 30, 2019
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History was honored on Sunday, September 29 with the award for Santa Barbara Commons/Public Open Space.
September 18, 2019
From Saturday, September 28 to Sunday, September 29, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History will feature 30 works from 11 local celebrated artists to raise funds to support Museum exhibits.
September 12, 2019
On October 4, the John and Peggy Maximus Gallery will depart from its usual emphasis on early Western scientific illustration to present Kachō-e: Impressions of Natural History in Japanese Prints.
August 8, 2019
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History will host a Docent Open House on Monday, September 9 at 9:30 AM for anyone interested in becoming a docent.
July 10, 2019
New display offers chance to see endangered species revitalization project up close
June 26, 2019
Generosity of anonymous donor puts Department of Invertebrate Zoology once more on the cutting edge.
May 28, 2019
On Friday, June 7, the John and Peggy Maximus Art Gallery at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History will open its curious summer art exhibit, Strange Science.
May 23, 2019
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History’s 20th Annual Mission Creek Gala took place Saturday, May 18, and raised $445,000 for Museum education programs.
May 21, 2019
On Saturday, June 8, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center on Stearns Wharf will celebrate World Oceans Day by offering free Sea Center admission to all visitors.
May 1, 2019
On Saturday, May 25, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History will unveil two spectacular summer exhibits: Butterflies Alive! and Prehistoric Forest.
April 18, 2019
A unique opportunity to share an incredible experience this summer
April 2, 2019
SBMNH Curator of Ethnography Jan Timbrook, Ph.D., looks back on a long and successful career working with Native Americans to preserve valuable artifacts of material culture.
February 13, 2019
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History will again host the region’s premier wine and food event on Saturday, June 29 from 2:00-5:00 PM.